Are you experiencing a slower than usual Internet connection? Try these simple tricks to make your Wi-Fi faster!
Current communication protocols and technological advances in the field of telecommunications have achieved connection speeds and data transmission that were unimaginable in its infancy. This, in turn, has led to making the costs of access to the Internet lower and affordable for anyone, and now more households can have their own modem.
The Wi-Fi network is one of the most important parts when it comes to using a computer; without it, it would be an almost useless piece of tech. And the faster it is, the more things we want to do, see or hear, so there are times when our Wi-Fi may seem a bit slow. In order to avoid that feeling while you’re watching a video or working on something very important, here are some simple tricks to speed up your Wi-Fi.
Choose the right place
A router usually sends signals in all directions, so placing it near a window or in a corner of your house would mean wasting a significant amount of the Wi-Fi signal. Moving the router can drastically improve performance. Pick open places without walls or objects, that way you will keep the materials with which these are manufactured from absorbing the Wi-Fi signal. Place the router as high as you can. Experts recommend having the router at least half a meter from the ground, for example on a table or shelf.
Finally, make sure it is located at the center of the house, so that you can have the best possible coverage from anywhere. Another alternative is to place the router in the room where the most devices will connect -the study, for instance.
Place the electronic devices away from each other
All the devices that generate an electromagnetic signal -microwave ovens, televisions, cordless phones- or that have a motor can interfere with the signal from the router. In addition, some large metal objects (such as mirrors or cabinets) and water (like a fish tank) can also block the signal, so try to avoid them.
The signal of the Wi-Fi network extends perpendicularly in relation to the antennae of the router, so vertically oriented antennae transmit the horizontal signal much more efficiently. However, it is possible to maximize the reception by aligning the device’s antennae in the same direction as the router. And although most laptops have horizontally aligned antennae inside; in smartphones and tablets the antennae could be located differently, depending on the position in which the devices are held.
Placing one of the antennae vertically and the other one horizontally, you can cover all possible situations while keeping a good signal and quality throughout your home.
Measure the signal of the Wi-Fi network
With tools such as CloudCheck, Wi-Fi Analytics Tool, Speedtest and Speedy, it is possible to map the Wi-Fi signal in your home to find out where is it weaker and you can discover what is the best place to place your router.
Pick the correct channel and frequency
Did you know that your Wi-Fi router has channels? Sometimes, just changing the channel on your router can make a big difference, especially if you live in an apartment building with a lot of interference from other Wi-Fi signals. Try channels 1, 6 or 11. If that does not work, try 2 or the next 10. Try each one until you feel that the speed is improving.
Modern Wi-Fi routers also transmit on different frequencies: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Generally speaking, 2.4 GHz is better for larger homes with several levels, since the signal travels farther and can penetrate walls more easily. But for smaller rooms or houses, 5GHz is the best choice: it offers faster speeds, albeit within a shorter range.
Beware of intruders
The greater the number of users connected to the same Wi-Fi network, the lower the transmission rate will be. Even if your network is password protected, it might be very easy to hack it. Using a WPA password is absolutely essential, but even with those you’re not safe from having an intruder stealing your signal. Fortunately, finding out if someone is stealing your Wi-Fi is relatively simple; and so the best you can do is block or enhance the security of your network.
Get new devices
If none of the above tricks worked, then maybe your router is physically failing. Upgrading to a new router may be the best solution, because the technology used to transmit the signals has changed quite a lot over the years. Another solution, if possible, is to change your router antennae for more powerful ones. You can also buy a repeater, which it will not increase your bandwidth, but it will make the coverage of your network broader.